[ Sir Roderick Murchison, Scottish geologist. ] Autograph Note Signed ('Rod. I. Murchison') to Sir John P. Boileau, inviting him to dine with 'M. Quetelet' and 'one or two friends'.

Sir Roderick Murchison [ Sir Roderick Impey Murchison ] (1792-1871), Scottish geologis who discovered the Silurian system [ Sir John Peter Boileau (1794-1869), archaeologist; Adolphe Quetelet ]
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On letterhead of 16 Belgrave Square, S.W. [ London ] 17 July 1860.

1p., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly aged paper with minor traces of glue at head. Addressed to 'Sir John P. Boileau Bt.' Reads: 'My dear Sir John, | If you are disengaged on Friday next I wish you would gratify me by dining with us "en petit comité" to meet M Quetelet & one or two friends'. 'M Quetelet' is the Belgian astronomer Adolphe Quetelet (1796-1874), founder of the Brussels Observatory.

[ Sir Archibald Geikie, Murchison Professor at the University of Edinburgh. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Arch Geikie') to his student 'Mr. Cadell', agreeing to have him on a 'long excursion' and deploring 'the want of enthusiasm of this year's class'.

Sir Archibald Geikie (1835-1924), Scottish geologist, Murchison Professor of Geology and Mineralogy at the University of Edinburgh
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On letterhead of the University of Edinburgh. Edinburgh, 8 April 1880.

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Aged with with some damp staining. Geikie is glad to receive Cadell's letter, and will be 'delighted to have you on the long excursion if it takes place [last four words underlined]'. The excursion is however in doubt, as 'only five members of the Class have sent in their names and one with some doubt'. There are 'many calls' on his time, and unless more names come in the excursion will be cancelled. The letter concludes: 'I am disappointed with the want of enthusiasm of this year's Class.

[ Angela Burdett Coutts, Victorian philanthropist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('A G B Coutts') to Lady Murchison, regarding her votes in an election, and 'our friend the Rajah' in Borneo (presumably Sir James Brooke).

Angela Burdett-Coutts [ Angela Georgina Burdett-Coutts, 1st Baroness Burdett-Coutts, born Angela Georgina Burdett ] (1814-1906), Victorian philanthropist [ Lady Charlotte Murchison (1788-1869) ]
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Stratton Street [ London ]. 18 [February?] 1860.

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with negligible traces of mount on blank reverse of second leaf. Written in a somewhat difficult hand. The letter begins: 'My Votes are I am happy to say at liberty I enclose them'. She continues by expressing her 'distress' at the health of one of her sisters, who has been 'at St Leonards - she is I am thankful to say now out of danger'. She sends the best wishes of 'Mrs Burns', noting that 'the Election is in April'.

[John Wodehouse, 1st Earl of Kimberley.] Secretarial Letter, signed by him ('Wodehouse'), informing the geologist David Forbes of Lord John Russell's opinion on the appointment of 'a British Chargé d'Affaires or Consular Officer in Bolivia'.

John Wodehouse, 1st Earl of Kimberley [Lord Wodehouse] (1826-1902), British Liberal politician [David Forbes (1828-1876), geologist; Lord John Russell, Liberal Prime Minister; Sir Roderick Murchison]
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Foreign Office [Whitehall, London.] 30 November 1860.

2pp., foolscap 8vo. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper. With envelope addressed to 'David Forbes Esq | care of | Sir R. Murchison Bart | 16 Belgrave Square | SW.' and franked 'Wodehouse'. Wodehouse occupied the position of Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs between 1859 and 1861. The letter reads: 'Sir, | With reference to your letter of the 20th.

Autograph Letter Signed ('W H Russell') from the war reporter on The Times William Howard Russell to Sir Roderick Impey Murchison, praising him fulsomely on the creation of his baronetcy.

William Howard Russell (1820-1907), Irish reporter with The Times, one of the first modern war correspondents [Sir Roderick Impey Murchison (1792-1871), Scottish geologist]
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18 Sumner Place, SW, London, on letterhead of the Garrick Club. 9 July 1866.

3pp., 12mo. Gilt-edged bifolium. Fair, on aged paper, with the reverse of the second leaf backed with part of the leaf on which the letter was previously laid down.

Autograph Signature on fragment of letter.

Sir Roderick Impey Murchison (1792-1871), Scottish geologist
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Without date or place.

On piece of paper roughly one inch by three and a half inches wide. Good, with glue staining to reverse. Reads 'Yours sincerely | Rod. I. Murchison | P.S. | <...>. On reverse (which is docketed in pencil) 'I <...> | that when Lord Palmeston died he had in his <...> 80 applications <...>'.

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